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Julian Williams Now Training With SugarHill, Looks To Return Soon

Julian "J Rock" Williams plans to return to the ring in the very near future. 

When he does return to the ring he will do so with a new trainer.  The former unified super welterweight champion has advised that he will now be working with world class trainer Javan "SugarHill" Steward of Michigan.

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Steward is the nephew of the late Emanuel Steward who is known as one of the greatest trainers of all time and ran the famed Kronk Gym in Detroit for several years. SugarHill is best known for his recent work with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury who shocked the boxing world when he knocked out the previously undefeated Deontay Wilder in February.  He has also trained former champions such as Adonis Stevenson, Charles Martin and Anthony Dirrell.

Williams has been out of the ring since his January 18th, 2020 surprise loss to Jeison "Banana" Rosario. In his previous fight he had the best performance of his career when he defeated a then unbeaten Jarrett Hurd by unanimous decision.  With the victory he captured the WBA and IBF super welterweight titles.

The 30-year-old Williams had a rematch clause but instead of opting for an immediate rematch against Rosario, he decided to have surgery to clean up some scar tissue underneath his eyes that had been bothering him.

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native was previously trained by long time trainer and contributor Stephen "Breadman" Edwards.

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Brooklyn926 on 12-04-2020

I wonder if bread still has Williams as one of the top 10 lb for lb now

Comment by Catch n shoot on 12-03-2020

Not bad of a move. I just don't see it, how it can improve his game.i see Jrock as a traditional boxer puncher, he's effective at range, offensively, chin is definitely suspect so I definitely wouldn't try to change his…

Comment by Afi23 on 12-02-2020

[QUOTE=HandsofIron;20921592]Doesn't matter how many times J-Rock changes teams, advisers, or coaches, the guy doesn't have a chin.[/QUOTE] Especially in the current 154lbs era with guys like Hurd who could probably fight at 168lbs easily. There seems to be two camps…

Comment by VashDBasher on 12-02-2020

This will be a nice development for Williams. Sugar Hill is an amazing trainer and will probably be the guy to bring out the best in Williams. Sucks to see Breadman get replaced since he’s such a class act, but…

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 12-02-2020

He competes in division where everybody is bad enough to lose to everybody, so, I think he can be a champ again.

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